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It's freezing outside, and so are your pipes

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Protect pipes to prevent pricey mess
 
As the homeowners hunker down for a blast of bitterly cold weather this week, the last thing on your mind might be your pipes, but it's important to remember dangerously cold temperatures pose hazards to property.
 
When the outside temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, water pipes in homes with little or no insulation are likely to freeze and break. A one-eighth inch crack in a pipe can spew out more than 250 gallons of water a day, destroying floors, soaking furniture, and ruining personal items. Cleaning up after a pipe burst is time-consuming and smelly, made even more difficult by the frigid temperatures.
 
Avoid frozen pipes by insulating pipes that run along outside walls, floors and ceilings. Disconnect outside garden hoses, wrap exposed pipes with insulating sleeves or tape, and seal foundation cracks that let arctic air freeze pipes in crawlspaces.
 
There are a few simple tasks homeowners can do in about two minutes that can help protect pipes and homes when a severe freeze is predicted:
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to piping under sinks and vanities near exterior walls.
  • Run a small trickle of water at vulnerable cold and hot faucets.
  • Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you're asleep, but drops in the temperature, more common overnight, could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
For more tips on how to prevent water damage from frozen pipes, watch this video: http://youtu.be/W8pBFHBvfto.
 
Courtesy of your local State Farm Agent
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